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Looking to get my first smoothbore and wanted to know if normal birdshot is ok to use in a muzzloader or does it need to be pure lead shot? I wanted to buy a bag of #6 but wanted to check beforehand. Any info would be great.
 

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Looking to get my first smoothbore and wanted to know if normal birdshot is ok to use in a muzzloader or does it need to be pure lead shot? I wanted to buy a bag of #6 but wanted to check beforehand. Any info would be great.
The cheapest is lead. If you want to use copper coated, or such, yes it works fine, but a lot of shooting might mess with some black powder barrels. I've even used actual steel BB's, but I don't recommend it. I lucked out and found some lead #2 shot..., can't use it for waterfowl but it hammers squirrels.

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What about magnum lead shot? I believe it has things like tin and/or antimony to harden it? Will this damage the bore?
 

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No, it won't cause any harm to your barrel. The Magnum shot has 2-3% more antimony in it, making it harder and less susceptible to deforming. Less deformation = better patterns.
 
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